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Old 05-27-2013, 04:05 PM   #1
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Tire balancing

Back in April I asked if one should balance their tt tires. The concensus was generally a yes. Particularly if you were doing the bearings and had the wheels off anyway. Okay, I finally got the grease seals (back order) and pulled two wheels off and did the bearings. Surprisingly easy for the first time, dirty but a straight forward task. So, after doing the left side I thought I'd get those tires balanced. Now the question. I've got Karrier LoneStar 205X14R ST's mounted on aluminum rims. The balancing process ended with one assembly needing 4.25 oz and the other needing 4.5 oz. Does this seem a lot of weight or is it a function of the ST tire quality control or lack of. A Tundra was getting snows removed and summers mounted and they took less than an oz each for 265 X 60R 20's. Thoughts please.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:10 PM   #2
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I got new TT tires here and shopped around the word is - nobody balances TT tires. It's done for 'passenger comfort' and well, there are no passengers in the TT.

The factory does not balance the tires. I have 3 other trailers - none have balanced tires.

Less than an ounce is the way it should be. 4 ounces is a lot. When mounting all new tires have a mark that should be aligned with the valve stem and that should give the best balance (not 100% in my experience, but close). I've found few tire folk bother with this. Can you see the rid 'ring' that is supposed to be aligned with your valve stem?
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:12 PM   #3
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Back in April I asked if one should balance their tt tires. The concensus was generally a yes. Particularly if you were doing the bearings and had the wheels off anyway. Okay, I finally got the grease seals (back order) and pulled two wheels off and did the bearings. Surprisingly easy for the first time, dirty but a straight forward task. So, after doing the left side I thought I'd get those tires balanced. Now the question. I've got Karrier LoneStar 205X14R ST's mounted on aluminum rims. The balancing process ended with one assembly needing 4.25 oz and the other needing 4.5 oz. Does this seem a lot of weight or is it a function of the ST tire quality control or lack of. A Tundra was getting snows removed and summers mounted and they took less than an oz each for 265 X 60R 20's. Thoughts please.
It's probably the poor quality tires as the rims are aluminum and should be very close to being in balance. Depending on the age of the tires and weather cracking, if you can afford it, get a set of Goodyear Marathons or Maxxis.
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Were they using a cone on the inside of the rim to center it on the balancer ? If so, ask them to use the adapter that mounts on the outside and centers the rim using the stud holes.
If it spins, rotates or rolls at 65 mph, balance it.
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Were they using a cone on the inside of the rim to center it on the balancer ? If so, ask them to use the adapter that mounts on the outside and centers the rim using the stud holes.
Aluminum wheels have a machined center and the holes are indexed off the center, a cone is ideal for alum wheels.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:32 PM   #6
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It's done for 'passenger comfort' and well, there are no passengers in the TT.
I say to also not shake the whole damn trailer apart going down the road.

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The factory does not balance the tires. I have 3 other trailers - none have balanced tires.
That would eat into profits, so why start?
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:32 PM   #7
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I got new TT tires here and shopped around the word is - nobody balances TT tires. It's done for 'passenger comfort' and well, there are no passengers in the TT.
No passengers? Ok, but there is a lot of dishes and electronics that I don't want vibrated all to H!!

All of the smart people on this forum get theirs balanced. ;-)
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Only if it's back coned and even then I've had problems with cheap aluminum rims. I know RV aluminum rims easily fall in this cartagory.
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You need to get them balanced. It's your money. If the tire guy ask why you want them balanced, just tell him that you do not want to shake up the beer.
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I just had new tires put on our TT and I requested the tire shop to balance them, the stock junk Trail Express were not. I picked them up a couple days later and each tire had at most 1.25 oz.

If I were you I would have the tire shop break the bead on the tires and rotate them on the rim, then re-set the bead and then balance them. It may take a time or 2 of doing this, but doing this you should find a combo that doesn't take as much weight to balance them out.

My parents bought a 2013 Open Range 5er last fall, the tires were balanced from the factory on their unit.
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